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ALI: Operation Moses: "Beit Israel's" Amazing Journey (2 part series)

Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Virtually via Zoom

Contact: Shari Berman

Phone: 703.537.3068


ALI Series: 
Operation Moses – Beit Israel’s Amazing Journey

In partnership with Bender JCC of Greater Washington and Weinstein JCC of Richmond

The Jewish people is a tapestry of many nationalities. This 2-part series is about one African nation of Jews, known as “Beit Israel,” whose history dates back to King Solomon! Learn about this ancient community and how it found its way back to the promised land. Session one focuses on a new book which tells a fascinating, dramatic story of rescue. Session two highlights the unique history of Beit Israel and provides a first-hand account of the operation to liberate this massive group of people -- as portrayed in a recent film -- and their difficult resettlement in Israel.

Register for both programs and save!  Series Fee:  $18


ALI Series: Operation Moses – Beit Israel’s Amazing Journey
Session 1: Red Sea Spies - The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort
Thursday, January 7, 5pm-6pm

in partnership with the Jewish Book Council
Featuring author, Raffi Berg and Mossad commander, Dani Limor in conversation with Hila Florsheim-Barron, title, a local Israeli
In the ear­ly 1980s, on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new lux­u­ry resort opened for busi­ness. Cater­ing to divers, it attract­ed guests from around the world. Lit­tle did the guests know that the staff mem­bers were under­cov­er spies, work­ing for the Mossad —the Israeli secret ser­vice. What began with one cryp­tic mes­sage plead­ing for help, turned into the secret evac­u­a­tion of thou­sands of Ethiopi­an Jews and the spir­it­ing of them to Israel. 

Writ­ten by long­time BBC Mid­dle East cor­re­spon­dent Raf­fi Berg, this page-turn­er tells the true sto­ry that inspired the recent Net­flix dra­ma The Red Sea Div­ing Resort.  Join us for what promises to be an amazing conversation between Raffi Berg and Mossad commander, Dani Limor, who carried out the mission, found the famed resort, and recruited the team involved.
Fee:    $10
Code:  #13345
Registration is required, click here.

ALI Series: Operation Moses – Beit Israel’s Amazing Journey
Session 2: The True Story Behind Netflix’s The Red Sea Diving Resort
Sunday, January 10, 2pm-3pm
Featuring Naftali Aklum, Co-Founder, Yerus Project in conversation with Pozez JCC Senior Shaliach, Shy Ashkenazi
Join us for an insider’s view of “Operation Moses,” the incredible journey of aliyah made by thousands of Jews from the ancient Beit Israel community in Ethiopia. In 1979, at the age of one, Naftali Aklum made the arduous and dangerous journey through Sudan to Israel. Forty years later, Naftali served as an image consultant on the 2019 Netflix film, The Red Sea Diving Resort. The film depicts how Naftali’s much older brother, Ferede Yazezow Aklum, was selected by Israel’s Mossad to coordinate the secret rescue of Ethiopian Jews. Naftali’s presentation and interview with Shy Ashkenazi will give you the real story behind the film’s account which only captures a part of the narrative, as well as an historical picture of the Beit Israel community from biblical times to today.

Note: Please try to watch the film The Red Sea Diving Resort on Netflix beforehand to get the most out of this program.

Fee:      $10
Code:   #13345
Registration is required, click here.


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